Many people know that Dropbox is great for syncing up your files between different computers.
The other day I was thinking about how in the pre-Hootsuite days I used Dropbox to sync my TweetDeck groups between machines, and I thought I’d look into some other creative uses that people have come up with.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Putting an encrypted TrueCrypt volume on Dropbox. If you like the idea of putting things in “the cloud” but are worried about security, this is a great solution. You can have your stuff encrypted before it even goes online.
- Using shared folders to simulate a network drive
- Make a customized start page
- Keep all your documents with you and accessible (even on your mobile device)
- Keeping all your passwords synced
- Run portable applications like Firefox and VLC
The Dropbox fan page on Facebook has a thread called “What do you use Dropbox for?” with some suggestions like:
- Synchronize your IM (MSN, AIM, etc.) chat logs
- Have a security camera save images to Dropbox so they can be viewed from anywhere
- Run a website (!) out of the Dropbox folder
MaximumPC has “How to Hack Your Dropbox“, with some tips, my favorite being to catch laptop thieves using a keylogger and Dropbox.
And finally, lets hear from the source itself. Dropbox has a Tips and Tricks wiki with a bunch of ideas, including:
- Sync your Firefox bookmarks
- Sync a USB Drive
- Keep your passwords in sync
- Print to PDF on your Mac
- Remotely print MS Office docs
- Sync your saved Windows games that save in My Games
That should be enough to get you going. Do you have any other awesome Dropbox tips? Let us know in the comments.